Kircher HiFi: Blog en-us Kircher HiFi (Kircher HiFi) Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:09:00 GMT Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:09:00 GMT Kircher HiFi: Blog 120 61 Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2018 in Hamburg - we did it again We did it again - Tune Audio genius Manolis ProestakisWalter Kircher from Walter Kircher HiFi with other brands Chisto, Das Klang and Symposium Acoustics took part at the best regional German hifi show - the Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2018 in Hamburg.


See here our setup with Manolis and Frank Hakopians in front of. Frank wrote recently an excellent review of Tune Audio Marvel horn loudspeakers in German magazine Fairaudio. 6moons shared the German review - so you can enjoy it in English too.


Manolis Proestakis with Frank Hakopians, who wrote the review of Marvel speakersManolis Proestakis with Frank Hakopians, who wrote the review of Marvel speakers>>> FAIRAUDIO review in German
>>> review in English


The only source 2018 was analogue again - the Dr. Feickert Analogue top model - the Firebird turntable. And we thank the German Luxman distributor IAD GmbH to provide the sweet Luxman tube phonostage and Class a integrated amplifier in Hamburg. Worked well together with Das Klang cables, IsoTek power conditioning and Symposium Acoustics rack and Rollerblocks. Class A amplification was a perfect match for Tune Audio Marvel hornspeakers.


Cool electronics in Symposium Acoustics statement rackCool electronics in Symposium Acoustics statement rack


And again live record washing at the show was done to provide best analogue sound as possible - with complete Chisto Easy Groove cleaning fluids assisted by a Nessie Vinylmaster record washing machine.


Chisto Easy Groove supersets - complete set of Vinyl cleaning fluidsChisto Easy Groove supersets - complete set of Vinyl cleaning fluidscontains a probe of all Chisto Easy Groove record cleaning fluids - a perfect present for your analogue friends!


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]]> (Kircher HiFi) analog chisto feickert_analogue friebird horn isotek lautsprecher luxman nessie pflege reinigung schallplatte symposium_acoustics thales tune_audio Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:14:23 GMT
Premiere of Tune Audio Prime hornspeakers and Glanz toenarm in Linz My active dealer Peter Sambs in Linz, Austria made the next appointment with me. My special plan - an upper echelon event: everything concentrated on sound - fragile, sweet, powerful, a timbre to die, lifelike as main targets. Careful preparation and planning followed by complete the installation days before the event - to allow the equipment to settle and to show full potential. You can not do the necessary fine tuning immediately, it needs time.


different perspective viewsTune Audio Prime horn loudspeaker - Blue Moon Award winners


Three Premieres:


Play partners:


GLANZ MH-124S tonearmGLANZ MH-124S - The tonearm statement from Japan!


The Japanese GLANZ MH-124S tonearm is incredibly accurate and precise, like a whip and at the same time musically, coherent and shows corpus, Gestalt in music playback. The great highlight and right base for best cartridges - already tried Lyra, SPUs - in Linz the Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua.


NEW: For more info about technical background and options of the great tonearms visit the new released GLANZ website in English language.


Yeah - Peter Sambs satisfied listening to his private recordsYeah - Peter Sambs satisfied listening to his private records


Just look at the smile of my dealer - it tells you the story. My best setup there up today - everybody satisfied - a week later we repeat spontaneously a more intime meeting there. And the analogue setup including new EINSTEIN The Phonostage, everything placed at Symposium Acoustics remained for the following Kondo event too. - see my complete photo collection - last pics. As phono cable CHISTO Das Klang in its latest version Richter Limited Edition transmits the fragile signal to the phonostage.


EINSTEIN The Amp UltimateEINSTEIN The Amp Ultimate - compact integrated amp at the limit!


Munich HIGH END 2017 is upcoming - I will be there complete 4 days.


My brands will exhibit there:



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Conrad Mas in Vienna at - AVID HIFI good-better-best turntable show Friday the 7th of April - the follower now directly after the successful Vienna Vinyl & Music Festival in the new Shop location in Vienna downtown. Conrad Mas, the founder and boss of AVID HIFI, personally came from England to present his turntables in the well known Good-Better-Best comparison show.


Thomas Rabenseifner recently relocated with his company to a former interior design office in the center of Vienna. Thomas prepared a very sweet setup for the three AVID HIFI record players - DIVA II SP, SEQUEL SP and top model ACUTUS SP equipped with similar SME tonearms and Nagaoka MP-150 Moving Iron high output cartridge. Amplification was done by a Lyric PS-10 phonostage, Valvet L2 preamp and Icon Audio MB 845i tube mono amps. Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS3 MK2 hornspeakers fitted perfectly the new demo room of Thomas - remember 2016 at Vienna Vinyl & Music Fair 2016 we used Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS2 model with great success.



Conrad Mas as always the typical British gentleman demonstrated with patience and enthusiasm again and again the different AVID HIFI record players. The difference was clear and the expensive top model AVID HIFI ACUTUS SP made an extremely clear step upwards! Well done again - so my personal advice again - for analogue record players rules:

  1. the transport
  2. the tonearm
  3. the cartridge (before take a look whether the tonearm wiring corresponds)



Second program point: Professional record cleaning demonstrated with Nessie Vinylmaster cleaning machine and CHISTO Easy Groove record cleaning fluids


Thomas Rabenseifner asked his guests to bring their own records - that worked wonderfully. For some heavily polluted records we use CHISTO Easy Groove Extreme pre-wash and for all CHISTO Easy Groove concentrate, which cleans very good, adds strong antistatic and also acts as the only fluid on the market antibacterial and fungicidal. Great success again - and it is not only about less noise and clicks (scratches can not be removed, clear) - the main benefit is much better sound - more corpus, power and dynamics, better timbre, pure emotion - after all dirt was removed from the grooves and the pickup could scan perfectly



As our professional record cleaning station was situated in the kitchen / bar in mid of the shop - you could listen to your own records before-after-cleaning in the main shop room. A smaller setup with a Thorens record player was prepared for that purpose.


We would like to thank the many interested visitors and Thomas Rabenseifner for the successful organization of the event. The new shop loacted in downtown is worth a visit for all hifi-lovers in and around Vienna!



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]]> (Kircher HiFi) Genuin Hornlautsprecher Plattenwaschmaschine Thomas_Rabenseifner austria avid_hifi blumenhofer_acoustics chisto hifi plattenreinigung simplyhifi stereo vienna wien österreich Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:55:42 GMT
Vinyl & Music Festival 2017 in Vienna The new Vinyl & Music Festival 2017 at Ottakringer brewery event location was a great success. The festival is the further development of the previous Vinyl & Music Fair near the Gasometr city. The busy festival organizer Mr. Till Philippi welcomed almost 5000 visitors at the new absolute top Viennese location. What does this 3-day event involve? Live concerts, a record exchange with exhibitors from all over Europe, international poster artists, hifi, turntables, hifi workshops with experts, a photo exhibition of Ulrich Handl with many so far unpublished concert and backstage photos of stars like Jimi Hendrix, Beatkes, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppeling or Frank Zappa.



Fix is already that we 2018 will again be strongly present. That so many young visitors came and also listened extensively to our showroom music was certainly the most positive surprise! Walter Kircher HiFi was assisted at the festival by Uwe Draabe from Hamburg who manufacturers the Nessie vinyl cleaning machines and the sales team Thomas Rabenseifner and Lukas Linek. Special Thanks to our sponsors AVID HiFi, Blumenhofer Acoustics, Chisto, Dr. Feickert Analogue, EINSTEIN, Nessie and - which made our great appearance possible. Wow!


We played good music around the clock - everything from opera to rock concerts. In the centre: the AVID HIFI Acustus SP record player which is the top model of the British manufacturer - big sound thanks to the firstclass subchassis too as the floor was moving a bit. German EINSTEIN Audio The Amp Ultimate looked compact - anyway this superb integrated amplifier justified its price of 16500 Euro and supplied the Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS1 MK2 horn loudspeakers with seemingly unlimited power - 2 x 90 Watts at 8 Ohm and 96 dB sensitivity, high efficiency rules. Authority, maximum dynamics, magic timbre, sweet highs - everything was right and here - music ruled at the end.



The official Festival program included several record cleaning workshops in our showroom - assisted by these two brands: Nessie record cleaning machines and the complete Chisto EASY GROOVE audio cosmetics for analogue records. Surrounded by some talk how to do it right and answering questions of the audience - we demonstrated that not less clicks and noise are the real benefit of professional cleaning done by a top washing machine using the best cleaning fluids. Better sound in the form of more dynamcis, more 3D corpus and convincing timbre - that is the real emotional benefit. And every 2nd hand record bought at such vinyl exchange needs intensive cleaning at the start - here CHISTO Easy Groove Extreme and Enzycaster pre-wash solutions worked magic for the audience. Anyway - take care and try it yourself - mint and new sealed records need cleaning too before first listening.



Lukas Linek and Thomas Rabenseifner did a wonderful job at our booth. Please note and safe following date: On April 7th, there will be a big analogue event in the shop. Star guest is Conrad Mas from UK, the owner of AVID HIFI. He will do there his well-known good-better-best show - 3 AVID HIFI turntables equipped with same tonearm-cartridge combination - to demonstrate the importance of the analogue drive in your system - AVID HIFI Acutus as top model will be there too accompanied by Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin horn loudspeakers. At the same time, I will demonstrate the professional record cleaning with Nessie cleaning machines assisted by our great CHISTO Easy Groove record cleaning fluids - of course with before / after comparison.


And for all those who are on Friday the 24.03 or Saturday the 25.03 in Linz at Sambs HiFi ... there is again the great opportunity to listen flagship Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS1 MK2 horn loudspeakers in an excellent environment. In any case, you will always find all future dates on our event page.



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Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2017 in Hamburg At Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2017 (North-German hifi-days) 2017 in Hamburg we booked own showroom to present our products in best way. Walter Kircher HiFi is German and Austrian distributor of following four high-end audio brands:


Chisto - Glanz - Symposium Acoustics - Tune Audio


Manolis Proestakis came personally from Athen to present his Tune Audio hornspeakers. Propably you remember the big Tune Audio Anima horn loudspeakers (109dB sensitivity!) with gigantic Trafomatic Audio Elysium tube mono amplifiers in Munich 2016? One of the most reported and praised setups last year. For Hamburg we choose smaller Tune Audio Prime speakers: basshorn, modified Fostex driver, 93dB sensitivity, an easy load for every amp. These elegant speakers were already reviewed at and won the well-known Blue Moon Award.


Even in the small 15m2 hotelroom we head great sound with powerful, clean bass - thanks to horn principle which stimulates room resonances much less. Tune Audio modifies newest Fostex drivers in house and prefers 1st order crossovers, exhibiting zero phase shift. So tonality and timbre is very authentic and sweet, sound extreme coherent, timing perfect, spatiality outstanding, an orchestra or singer has corpus. For listeners who are deep in music.



Chisto boss Yuri Zamazeev arrived too in Hamburg and assisted us to demonstrate the complete Chisto Easy Groove audio cosmetics portfolio for record cleaning. Cleaning records of several visitors was a big success. Some looked really bad - so prewashing with Chisto Easy Groove Extreme astounted them.


Of course we used in audio setup the rare and limited Chisto Das Klang Richter signal and speaker cables. Especially I have to mention the new Chisto Das Klang Richter phonocable - a really rare, outstanding experience in analogue sound!



Next premiere: From Japan came for analogue playback the ultimative Glanz MH-124SX 12 inch tonearm. Simple Japanese approach - to built the absolute best arm, oldschool heavy arm, massive and rigid with quick energy transfer. "The Glanz" Extra Heavy Weight tone arm is the final answer from Glanz (Founded in 1951), in terms of tone arm design and superb craftsmanship.


Mounted on a Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird record player (the top model) the Glanz MH-124SX tonearm raised the Lyra Kleos MC pickup to unknown heights. As always our turntable used the Symposium Rollerblocks Serie 2+ with G2.5 superballs bearing devices based on an Ultra platform. Not to forget the state-of-the-art Symposium Acoustics I.S.I.S. rack system including additional Rollerblocks modules and isolation platforms as shelfs.



Einstein Audio provided us its top level integrated amplifier The Amp Ultimate - a 16500 Euro compact dream machine. A preamp section with tubes is followed by a highly sophisticated outputstage using a so-called Circlotron-circuit similar to the OTL concept. Very puristic approach resulting in extreme fast sound with fragile resolution and outstanding natural timbre.


Einstein Audio's The Little Big Phono looks like 2 chocolates and is powered by the integr. amplifier. Sound was very permeable and lightning fast - no noise. As i know the Lyra well i have to confess i misse nothing - this little phono is magic.



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Chris Feickert presenting his turntables at Sambs Hifi shop in Linz, Austria New year 2017 started with full analogue power and glory in Linz, Austria at Sambs Hifi shop. Dr. Chris Feickert himself presented there his 3 turntables Woodpecker, Blackbird and Firebird in two days. These events and workshops take place now in the newly designed second business location of, parallel to the main shop.


Dr. Feickert Analogue turntables enjoy the highest reputation worldwide. The most important US magazine Stereophile and its famous reviewer Michael Fremer rated the top model Firebird in its highest class A, Absolute Sound was enthusiastic about the entry model Woodpecker.



Our setup for the Dr. Feickert Analogue challenge:



Because the weekend was very well attended, Peter Sambs was in a good mood. Analogue sound is back in full glory. The primary interest of all visitors was of course the comparison of the three turntables. Clear results, clear steps up in performance and always for a fair price. Chris attached the whole two days the same tonearm and cartridge to the record players - so an absolute direct comparison.


The first surprise was for all visitors the change to the heavier platter with brass inlays - great tuning for more power and authority. All agreed a Must for every model.


Then the even bigger surprise. We use the Dr. Feickert Analogue CLEAN battery power supply instead of the standard power supply. Now I know what is still missing! And that even though we always used the superior power conditioner from IsoTek - EVO3 Titan and EVO3 Sigma!


So my big tip: The brass inertia platter upgrade is a Must have - order it with your new Feickert turntable. CLEAN with its extreme impact you can order later too - anyway try it before you decide which turntable model.



Chris Feickert as great lector- his expertise and experience was welcomed by many visitors. There is no better chance to talk with the mastermind, very personally and with enough time. gain I say Thank you Chris for coming! And i learned i need an additional battery power supply. :) Big impact!


To proove our good mood - the group photo - great wine selection in Linz, powerful analogue sound, great visitors and big success. Wow, we have to do that again.


See you soon in Febraury - if you are near Hamburg, Germany - at the Norddeutsche Hifi-Tage 2017 in Hamburg - room 240 with my four brands:




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AVID HIFI factory visit One week before Christmas 2016 i took the chance to visit the AVID HIFI factory in Huntington, UK. Four guys went by car from Germany - Martin Klaassen and Uwe Kuphal from IDC Klaassen Germany, Theo Wubbolts from the Netherlands and myself. I liked the idea of traveling to England in the winter with his car ferry - right now after the Brexit vote. So we started at 7 in the morning before sunrise with the car to reach the ferry on time. The crossing from Calais in France to Dover was quiet, and England received us enveloped in typical fog.


And still about two hours on English highway to Huntingdon which is a market town in Cambridgeshire - known as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell and our goal of the trip - AVID HIFI headquarters manufacturing well known analogue turntables since 1995 and today already started producing electronics and loudspeakers too - already on the successful way to the complete supplier.



So what about the trip - yes of course there was a factory guide, we could enter everything, listen in the specific demo room the all AVID HIFI setup - very convincing, watch the various CAD machines in factory hall, learned that almost every part is manufactured in house. And founder and ceo Conrad Mas is a great networker - using many top contacts in Cambridge area, a big pool of hifi knowledge enriched with mainstream high-tech. Famous University of Cambridge is only half an hour away.



The most interesting part of the visit was also an exhausting part. Conrad Mas talked about a few hours about practically every part, every detail of an AVID HIFI record player. There is a technical reason for everything - benefits and disadvantages of different solutions. In short Conrad's statement: "You can ask me everything - I've tried everything". He takes care for every detail and always keeps an eye on the whole - the right balance.


A brief summary of the technical background can be found here on the AVID HIFI website.



To complete the trip the obligatory group photo - seconds before our departure to catch the ferry to Europe again on time. We had luck - The wintry afternoon sun cast a warm light on the AVID HIFI factory.


Starting from left:


Theo Wubbolts, Quad-raad Netherlands

Martin Klaassen and Uwe Kuphal - IDC Klaassen Germany

Gary Cooper, Conrad Mas (CEO and founder), Stuart Stowe, Ian Godfrey, Simon Rae - all AVID HIFI team

Walter Kircher (myself)



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High-End 2016 Munich - news teaser for "my" brands! 05 to 08 May 2016 - High-End show in Munich - nowadays the number one global fair for high-end audio

In alphabetical order all already known News of my brands!




Atrium A4.1, rooms E121+F110 - Conrad Mas personally present his new top record player AVID HIFI Acutes Reference Mono SP - the sheer power comes from a new, heavily overdressed power supply. And yes upgrades to consisting Acutus models will be available. Avid Hifi electronics and new speaker lineup will be on show too.


The masterpieces of Chris Feickert you find at booth F14 in hall 2. The best chance to meet Chris Feickert in real life - go there. As a highlight one Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird turntable equipped with a Lyra Etna and new available Schroeder CB tonearm will power the demonstration of US Magico speakers.


Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS1 MK2Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS1 MK2


Highly acclaimed Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS1 MK2 horn loudspeakers you find in Atrium 4.2, room F224 - of course bundled with Cammino cables and power conditioning. Partner for electronics 2016 is Air Tight from Japan and Pluto Audio for the turntable. Andrea Vitali will be available there for all questions regarding Blumenhofer Acoustics and Cammino.


Trafomatic Audio NOATrafomatic Audio NOA


Atrium 4.2, room E215: Trafomatic Audio's mastermind Sasa Kocic preparing with partners a very special room. A complete new top electronics line up will be sure an eye-catcher of the big show: Trafomatic Audio Noa KT150 based mono blocks, Luna phono stage and Lara preamp (both Lara and Luna come in two boxes design) - Partners in room are Tune Audio horn speakers, Saskia idler-drive turntable, Rockna dac and Hemingway cables


And sure some news are worth to visit of following rooms too:

IsoTekQ Acoustics and QED in Atrium 4.1, rooms E121 + F110

Swiss Vovox cables in Atrium 4.1, room E107

Totem Acoustic speakers in Atrium 4.2, room F206


For inquiries for Chisto audio cosmetics or Symposium Acoustics products (I am responsible for Germany, Austria, Czech, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia - both brands) feel free to contact me live in Munich - will be available all 4 days!


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My high-end audio shows 2015 - my resume My new blog post deals with all high-end audio fairs in 2015, at which I participated personally - a resume. What was good, what exhibition stands particularly for what? It should be an interesting, positive, and of course a subjective guide to upcoming fairs in the year 2016.



As there is no clear winner I start simply in chronological order with the first exhibition - the Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage in Hamburg (means North German hifi days), held in February. I took part there with Symposium Acoustics (racks, bases, bearing devices). I exhibited there together with the brands Blumenhofer Acoustics, Cammino, Einstein Audio and TechDas.

What is special about Hamburg? It is the best regional fair in Germany - more than 4000 visitors filling the Holiday Inn hotel. The atmosphere is very familiar, setups are not so high priced as Munich, friendly relaxed Germans mainly from Northern parts. One strong dealer (the hifi studio Bramfeld in Hamburg) made the exhibition within 10 years as the best in the whole of Germany. And complete German press and dealer competitors take part too - Congrats.

More Hamburg photos here



End of March 015 - first time in Prague at Czech Audio Video Show: Accustic Arts electronics, Blumenhofer Acoustics speakers, Chisto Das Klang cables, Feickert record player, Cammino power filter, and as always Symposium Acoustics rack, bases and bearing devices. To be at a fair in Prague is like holidays. Prague is like my Austrian Vienna a fantastic old city with deep cultural background. Czechs are very friendly - they greet entering our fair room and greet again leaving. Even my beloved opera records could play on audience request. We made a first good impression and want to come 2016 for continuity and still better contacts there again. Stay tuned.

All Czech photos here.



May - the High End 2015 in Munich - biggest global high-end audio fair now. This year had not to assist in a exhibitor room and that was excellent. Munich is not so about great sound and i know many friends always complaining about bad sound in many rooms. Seldom i could listen there to good classical music. Nevertheless, there was to hear very great sound experience in a few rooms too! So what is special about Munich? Easy to describe. As biggest global fair now you can meet many manufacturers, developers, press from all over the world. Main part of visitors of the fair are also in high-end audio business. So i had 3 long days there talking with many, many interesting people from countless brands and met most of my local dealers there too. My resume of Munich: perfect for contacts, networking, meet important people in real life, to stay in touch. Because of high prices for Fair participants you will not meet small German, Austrian distributors exhibiting in Munich - for this purpose many regional shows exists.

Look for all my photo albums and watch the high-end audio guys i met in Munich.



Next weekend of May I took part at the famous Multipak show in Pakrac, Croatia. Pakrac is a very small city in south of Zagreb - some would say in nowhere area. :) You still recognize there damaged buildings from former civil war. Robertoshop alias Bozidar Savi is propably the most powerful dealer in whole ex Yugoslavia region and founded this special show. You came mostly from loud Croatian capital Zagreb by car, enter this small city and relax. No noise, no traffic, only one hotel with Austrian bank inside - very comfortable. 3 days whole city only for high-end audio - Robertoshop and many other dealers, distributors exhibit at different places in town. So you could take your friends, family with you... walk in city... visit coffee house.... live music at several places... go for lunch in a restaurant or pizzeria. Almost all well-known brands with high reputation shown there, a magic place for hifi! In comparison to Munich my sound experience with similar equipment in most show rooms was much, mach better in Croatia. Slavic people are deep in music. Bozo told me regardless of price there MUST be emotion in a playback system. Right guy, same blood type!

More Croatian photos here



After the best summer since many years audio season started again in late September - I participated at two Vienna Vinyl & Music Fairs - in Vienna and Graz. Brandnew fair concept in Austria - it is about combining live music, vinyl exchange and classic hifi. Of course analogue playback via outstanding Dr. Feickert Analogue record player and presentation of my Chisto cleaning fluids for analogue records were in focus. Nobody could overlook the classy Blumenhofer Acoustics loudspeakers. Accustic Arts and their sound engineer Milan Saje presented in Vienna their first analogue record - now available in stores. Great place for analogue addicts in Vienna! In Graz the fair was part of big public general fair - so thousands of visitors introduced to high-end audio in an easy way. During the fair in Graz we had the honor to listen to a live concert with Sir Oliver Mally. If you like Blues - you must buy his new record Shapeshifter!! A voice to cry for (take care of your girls), like a young, but fully alive Johnnie Cash - lively, powerful, varied songs. A big campaign to reach more normal people again - a good place where music lovers are looking for good records. We will take part 2016 again.

All photos including live concerts here



Next fair in October following was the HI-FI multimedia SHOW 2015 in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Only two hours from my city in Austria i drove there to visit the fair for one day. Slovenia is a small country with a population of just 2 million - Already more than 20 years there a relatively large Hifi Fair takes place. Slavic people, deep in music and as ex Yugoslavia was not so closed as other countries of Eastern Europe Slovenians were in touch with hifi much longer - like Austrians probably. My brand Accustic Arts was shown, partnered with big Slovenian Gallus Audio speakers. Blumenhofer Acoustics Tempesta 17 speakers made big impression amplified by the sweet Trafomatic Audio Premise amp (2x4 EL84 tubes) - source an old, tuned direct drive Technics record player - all cables Cammino. Nice fair, near, worth a visit.

Slovenian pics here



After 2013 again Bratislava, capital of Slovakia - took part at the Audiovideokino 2015 show - with full Accustic Arts reference electronics setup, complete Chisto Das Klang cables, Symposium Acoustics rack, bases, bearing devices, as analogue source Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird, Swiss Piega C60.2 speakers. After warming up great sound. Bratislava is less than one hour in East of Vienna - big great show Slovakians established there. Some big, powerful distributors make this great fair possible - direct in the heart of downtown Bratislava. All rooms are carefully decorated there, noting every detail, many rooms got acoustical treatments. Friday is special vip evening with countless guests, buffet in all rooms, drinks, many girls too and all seem interested in hifi stuff. Not to be overlooked are the many pretty girls, visitors and show hostesses. Girls there are also interested in hifi - you can watch them taking photos of the setups! From Vienna fairs I know many visitors too and have to add that i detected almost no Austrians visiting that great fair so near from Vienna - on the other side the Vienna fair is always visited by many Slovaks. Good mood and great entertainment ruled here.

All Bratislava photos here



Vienna Klangbilder 2015 - last show this year in capital of my own country. So take care as i am biased... want always to show best sound here. :) Vienna is an international metropolis - so not comparable with all other places I visited 2015. Probably Vienna is the capital of music too - many say best opera house in the world - I agree. It is the fair there i can play more classical music and opera than at any other place - and visitors do not leave the room. Part of the fair are visits and life concerts of many famous classical musicians too - easy to find in Vienna - anyway also big names in Jazz and Blues music you will meet there. Finally i got there the new analogue record of Sir Oliver Mally "Shapeshifter" - big recommendation for all Blues fans reading my blog - a must have. Accustic Arts participated for the sixth time in Vienna - so now a high-end audio fixum in Austria, Blumenhofer Acoustics speakers had their premiere. Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird record player helped me to audition some new Decca classic records. And as always all gear were on Symposium Acoustics racks, bases and bearing devices to show their very best. Second premiere in Vienna - complete cables setup from Italy - from Cammino and of course the Camino Power Harmonizer again doing its sweet job. 2015 Vienna was very successful show - the big conference room near the lobby worked perfect. Lyra boss Stig Bjorge seemed to like my sound too - as i used a Lyra Kleos cartridge mounted on a Reed 3P 12" tonearm

German Fairaudio magazine reported very positive about my room - read here in German

Vienna photos here


​So who is the winner, my favorite? Hamburg for German market. Prague as a beautiful place to visit absolutely. Munich for contacts, networking, meeting high-end audio people from anywhere in the world in real life. Pakrac as big audio, music party with very special flair - difficult to copy. Vienna Vinyl & Music Fair because of analogue records and live music. Vienna Klangbilder for high-end audio and classical music with Vienna charm.


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]]> (Kircher HiFi) Austria Bratislava Ceska Czech Deutschland Germany Hamburg Laibach Ljubljana Munich München Prag Prague Pressburg Slovakia Slovenija Slovensko Vienna Vienna_Vinyl_Music_Fair Wien audiovideokino croatia fair hifi high-end multipak pakrac show slovenia stereo Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:51:37 GMT
Two times Vienna Vinyl & Music Fair - in Vienna and Graz A new mega event was born in autumn in Vienna - the Vienna Vinyl & Music Fair. Kudos to hyperactive and creative Till Philippi, who is the mastermind of the brand-new exhibition. The show happened at the end of September in Vienna and as a follower the Vienna Vinyl & music Fair went to Graz - it took part at the big public autumn fair in Graz, which is the 2nd biggest city of Austria.


Yuri Zamazeev (Chisto) and Andrea Vitali (Blumenhofer Acoustics, Cammino)


The clou was to combine a big vinyl fair with live music performed by top Austrian musicians. And to add several hifi exhibitors - as vinyl collectors and fans must be interested in good electronics too. Walter Kircher HiFi exhibited with perfect support of my brands Accustic Arts, Blumenhofer Acoustics, Chisto, Dr. Feickert Analogue, Symposium Acoustics. We were also part of the Sempre Audio HÖRBAR, assisted by editor in chief Michael Holzinger from Austrian online magazine Sempre Audio.



We presented two setups with Accustic Arts electronics and Blumenhofer Acoustics speakers powered by Chisto cables, a Cammino power conditioner and she glorious Symposium Acoustics rack. The vinyl star was, no surprise the Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird record player. For more detail in the setups visit the two corresponding photo albums. The events are not about extreme high-end audio - the show is just about music... back to the roots.


Milan Saje (Accustic Arts sound engineering) and Yuri Zamazeev (Chisto audio cosmetics)


Our star at the Vienna booth was Milan Saje - the Accustic Arts sound engineer of famous Uncompressed World CD series. Soon the first analogue record will be released too. Milan started his career back in the 70s at famous Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg and has so great experience with analogue records too. Stay tuned.


Yuri Zamazeev, CEO of Chisto


Next attraction with premieres in Vienna: our professional Vinyl record washing station powered exclusively by Chisto


Chisto introduced in Vienna the new, now completed portfolio of Vinyl care. Dozens of dealers took our dealer baggages. The Chisto Easy Groove spray & wipe solution - for everyone without a washing machine. Not only it is cleaning very strong, has strong antistatic effect - it adds as first on market antibacterial and fungicidal cleaning action! Same goes for the Chisto Easy Groove concentrate which you mix in the ratio 1: 9 with distilled water for your record cleaning machine. Chisto Easy Groove Virgin concentrate is the special solution for brand-new and mint records - probably to safe the new record at your digital hard disc or open-reel tape.


For dirty records and perfectionists two pre-wash solutions were presented first time in Austria, Europe:

The effect was extreme - nomen est omen. Many record collectors were shocked by the results. Both are very strong and give different result - you must try both.


Sir Oliver Mally and Martin Moro


Live Music performed by international Blues stars like Sir Oliver Mally - here together with guitarist Martin Moro were the real stars at the fair. HiFi alone is nothing - it is all about real music, live music. Our hifi setup has the job to transport all the power and emotion of live music it to our homes. If done well - it is worth the effort and our investment. Oliver is a big vinyl fan too - his new record is also released as Vinyl record - and owns a fine stereo setup at his home too. I am proud that he personally took one Chisto Easy Groove record cleaner. Sure he will like the results.


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]]> (Kircher HiFi) Blumenhofer_Acoustics Börse Cammino Chisto Graz Schallplatte Sir_Oliver_Mally Symposium_Acoustics Vienna Wien acoustic_arts analog analogue_record feickert_analogue hifi simplyhifi stereo vinyl Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:23:28 GMT
STEREO Magazin workshop with Matthias Böde analogue topic - my conclusions Saturday 18th April I took part in Linz at a big analogue event. A STEREO Magazin workshop hold by Matthias Böde in Linz at Sambs Hifi. Matthias Böde is one of the most famous Hifi editors in Germany. For over 20 years, he holds his famous workshops with top dealers and at exhibitions. He has the rare ability to describe differences in sound so that all visitors perceive with ease as well as the differences. Not only technical improvements, and musical differences in the type of representation.


For the complete description of the workshop - we compared turntables, many different pickups, tonearms, tonearmcables - please go to the photo album, which presents you all details like a photo story. I want to bore anyone and repeat all over again. Now I want to concentrate on the conclusions - including further thoughts and tips.



Clear for everyone is that the primary base of good sound is the turntable itself. Two of "my"  Dr. Feickert Analogue record players proved that with ease in Linz. So first invest here - and still getting the full package in focus. Here the top model Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird (3 motors!) equipped with two tonearms and two expensive pickups - Benz Micro LP S (EUR 3900,-) and DS-Audio DS-W1 (EUR 8800,- incl. own phonostage).



Next i go to the pickup. Cartridges are small and like small high-tech tweeters of big loudspeakers in focus of hifi fans. Crystal clear great sound improvements in pickups between 300 Euro and 4,000 Euro happened. Anyway for most listeners the changing overall character of different brands was most obvious. How timbres are - as the music flows. Some pickups had something like digital character I would venture to say me.  A reminiscence of a cd-player in analogue playback? The resolution of modern systems was certainly never as high as up to date - it seems the desired analog sound while sometimes something to fall by the wayside.  So take care, listen to a pickup at an experienced dealer's store. In Linz we compared pickups from Benz, Ortofon and DS Audio. And there are still more famous brands to make you addictive - just to name a few: Miyajima lab, London (former Decca), Ikeda, Jan Allaerts, Miyabi, Lyra...



Next i go to tonearmcables. The VPI turntable showed a clear and big bonus going from an upgrade tonearmcable for 150 euro to 700 Euro. If you have the bucks - a clear buy signal sure. It is surprising, however, that an only 300 Euro expensive pickup pointed this. So signals from the pickups are very low-powered  and therefore very sensitive - so take care of right cables. For top systems I recommend always direct cabling - from pickup to phono-preamp - no additional plug-in connection between! As a positive example -  the used Reed tonearm comes from the factory with complete cabling in one piece.



The tonearm: There are different principles available - one-point ala unipivot, more point, tangential ones. A good tonearm is a fine mechanical work of art and let you make all adjustments of different parameters with ease without affecting others. As the disk drive itself, it has to deal in a positive manner with resonances and problems that occur during movement. There is no 100% perfection - and so always is the highest goal to achieve beautiful musicality, natural timbre, sounds and resolution simultaneously with the right balance. Resolution is nothing if the rest lacks!!



The phonostage is the last transit station to do it right - take care that it is highly compatible with the pickup of your choice. In one of the next blog entries i will talk about an additional theme - different equalization curves for analogue records of different era or label (DECCA, DG, Living Stereos...) . Stay tuned.


To combine the right brands recognizing their character and to invest in the complete package gives synergy and will satisfy your target - much more fun and emotion listening to your analogue records.


PS:  NEWS - I am very proud to represent in Austria now wellknown Trafomatic Audio tube electronics from Serbia! A real European product with heart and emotion.


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Audio Video Show Prague 2015 A week before Easter a trip to Prague was on the program - to exhibit at the Audio Video Show Praha 2015, including subsequent holiday in the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic with my family.


My colleagues at the fair were Andrea Vitali, worldwide sales director of Blumenhofer Acoustics loudspeakers and Cammino, further Yuri Zamazeev - CEO of Chisto brand. The brands displayed in alphabetical order: Accustic Arts, Blumenhofer Acoustics, Cammino, Chisto, Dr. Feickert Analogue and Symposium Acoustics.



Sure you are interested in the complete setup - we had to take care of the smaller room this time:



My Italian friend Andrea Vitali guaranteed as always a great atmosphere - for the reader, it is maybe more interesting that he represents worldwide Blumenhofer Acoustics and Cammino. Andrea tried to demonstrate the natural power of Blumenhofer Acoustics loudspeakers. And he never forgets to mention the beneficial effect of the Cammino Power Harmonizer H3.1 line filter.


In Prague Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS2 speakers were the stars at the show. Read on the new review on their larger siblings Genuin FS1 MK2. I love their power and dynamics, excellent timing, natural timbre (Vintage character) and highest resolution even the most delicate details and nuances.



Chisto: My good fellow Yuri Zamazeev, owner of Chisto took part in Prague together with me at the fair again. On display were all his Chisto audio cosmetics: cleaning fluids for digital and analogue records - IMHO best on the market, latest technique inside.


And all the wiring was done with Chisto Das Klang Vintage-DNA cables. World premiere in Prague: Chisto Das Klang Richter limited special edition cables dedicated to genius Sviatoslav Richter - usb, coaxial digital and rca cables:


  • Vintage-DNA inside, aged for 50 years
  • KLEI Silver Harmony plugs and usb plugs with propietary Chisto African Ebony wood shells (100% non-magnetic)
  • Harmocrystal Tech for perfect vibration control
  • the absolute reference, beats every usb-cable we know!
  • highest resoltion paired with authentic analogue sound character
  • unbelievable power and authority


Stay tuned for more info here!



So is Prague worth a visit for HiFi? Yes Daniel Brezina, editor in chief of Czech Hi-Fi Voice online magazine made a super job organizing the Czech Audio Video Ahow Praha 2015 - I want to come again. And of course Prague is worth a visit 365 days a year!


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Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2015 in Hamburg Norddeutsche HiFi Tage 2015 in Hamburg - Walter Kircher HiFi visited first time the biggest regional German fair. Since 10 years the Hifi Studio Bramfeld is running the fair with great success. 4000 visitors and a crowded Holiday Inn hotel in Hamburg speak for themselves. Symposium Acoustics racks, bases and Rollerblocks footers were the reason for my trip to Hamburg.


Group photo with fair organizers and my two co-exhibitors in room - from left:


Wolfgang Borchert (owner of Hifi Studio Bramfeld), Volker Bohlmeier (owner of Einstein Audio), Andrea Vitali (Blumenhofer Acoustics and Cammino) and Ivonne Borchert-Lima (Hifi Studio Bramfeld and personal organizer of the complete fair)



Something new - produced a short video clip about the structure of our setups. Walter Kircher HiFi Youtube account also created.


our setup:




Playback at the show was only analogue from TechDAS Air Force Two turntable. Perfectly positioned at the Symposium Acoustics rack and additional Ultra platforms - how shall I describe the sound? Wow, wow! Big Authority, human timbre, open, the right sense of timing - analogue sounds still rules. Many visitors were surprised by the mid-class Blumenhofer Acoustics Tempesta 20 speakers - 92.5dB sensitivity, a horn midrange-tweeter - old school sound perfected by modern means.


Volker Bohlmeier and Andrea Vitali were the right partners to get great sound live at a fair as a team. In reality they both know how to make a worldclass setup, engaging and highly musical - i just added the fantastic Symposium Acoustics rack and other tools of same brand - yes sound quality sure grows dramatically in the correct direction - and and the musicality stayed including increased power and body. Fantastic speakers, sure top amplifier, worldclass turntable - for many best setup in Hamburg.



Accustic Arts also took part in the fair - with German Audio Physic loudspeakers - a good combination i had two times in Vienna 4 or 5 years ago on show too. The new Accustic Arts PLAYER II reference cd-player, partnered with Accustic Arts Tube Preamp II MK2 and MONO II drove new Audio Physic Cardeas plus+ speakers with great result.


And I met again Matthias Boede from German STEREO magazine demonstrating in one of his well-known workshops the importance of additional footers and their benefit in resulting sound quality. As i represent since many years Symposium Acoustics i am very aware of that of course. Fighting microphonic and good coupling rules.


Attention: on April 18 Matthias Boede is special guest in Linz, Austria at Sambs Hifi shop.



Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird - the biggest turntable in portfolio, able to handle two 12 inch tonearms - was shown in full setup including three Feickert world premieres:


The Clean battery power supply, the new upcoming Dr. Feickert Analogue WREN phonostage (will be available from the High-End in Munich ) and the new SILENT base.


Chris Feickert revealed exclusively in Hamburg for the first time his soon to be released phonostage (see marking as prototype on photo) - the specs so far:

  • 3 inputs
  • gain normal or high
  • RIAA, NAB, EMI, ffrr/Decca and Columbia equalization curves
  • output stereo and mono; left or right



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Blumenhofer Acoustics, Accustic Arts, Dr. Feickert Analogue - Sambs HiFi event in Linz Arrived safely in the new year 2015, we started here last weekend in Linz at Sambs Hifi with a big event. The Cast: Accustic Arts, Blumenhofer Acoustics, Dr. Feickert Analogue, Symposium Acoustics, Cammino and Chisto.


Accustic Arts PLAYER II, the new CD-player of their reference line and Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird analogue turntable played alternately great music - from Pink Floyd, classical music to Ludwig Hirsch, an Austrian songwriter. The Accustic Arts POWER I MK3 integrated amplifier (2x130W 8Ohm) drove with ease the brilliant Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS2 speakers (94dB/8Ohm).



My special setup made for Sambs Hifi dealer event:



The Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS2 loudspeakers inspired the visitors with their enormous vitality, human natural timbre, compact presentation, not even missing the most delicate details. And if we wanted we let it rock.


Big surprise for some were the delicate, brilliant Chisto Das Klang cables - with Vintage DNA inside, highest resolution, natural human timbre and highly limited edition. In comparison to a famous Japanes luxury brand Chisto cables showed their Über status.


The Accustic Arts PLAYER II grabbed all the visitors with its exciting way to play the music - in direct mode, upsampling off. Surely he belongs to some, a few CD players in the CD player Olympus. You get the player with many add-ons like dac section  including top-class asynchronous usb input, tube-hybrid output, Philips drive inside and optional volume control.


Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird turntable equipped with outstanding Reed 3P tonearm assisting a Lyra Kleos MC cartridge, partnered by a Pass XP-15 phonostage proved to us in Linz that analogue still rules. The musical experience with the Blackbird turntable standing at the brilliant Symposium Acoustics rack was like a great live concert. Great songwriters as Yves Montand or Austrian Ludwig Hirsch visited us.



A surprise guest honored us Michael Holzinger from Vienna, chief editor of Austrian based Sempre Audio web magazine. He was very happy to listen to Austrian songwriter Ludwig Hirsch from analogue record. As anecdote I can always tell that my dear mother with Ludwig Hirsch already played in the sandbox.


So Peter Sambs, CEO of the great hifi shop in Linz downtown was happy about the great response of the weekend. Worth the effort - will do it again.



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Vienna Klangbilder 2014 high-end show report Back from Vienna Klangbilder I already posted four complete photo albums to share my impressions and to show the spirit of our big setup there. In 2014, the Austrian fair took place at the new location, Arcotel Kaiserwasser at the Danube, right across the Vienna International center, also known as UNO city. You reach the new hotel directly with the subway line U1 or take it to reach Vienna downtown.


Here I am standing in front of our big setup - complete Accustic Arts reference electronics, impressive SoulSonic Impulse SE dipole loudspeakers, Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird + Reed 3P + Lyra Kleos, Cammino Power Harmonizer, bases + racks + Rollerblocks from Symposium Acoustics, cables from Accustic Arts, Chisto and Vovox. All brands put together by myself but I have had great assistance by Miro Krajnc (mastermind of SoulSonic speakers) and Yuri Zamazeev (CEO of Chisto).



A big WOW for many were the SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers, open-baffle dipole, two-way speakers with a tall ribbon and four 30cm bass drivers. After taking part at the CES in Las Vegas, Vienna was now the official European premiere for these extreme, highly musical speakers. Miro Krajnc tells me every time that no other  amp controls his speakers with such unlimited authority and at the same time paired with warmth, body, transparency and smoothness - as good as the Accustic Arts Mono II amps. And I always reply: "Miro, do not forget the fabulous Accustic Arts Tube DAC II MK2, as the source always dominates the whole setup". Okay, in Vienna we had three excellent sources, the musical impact only depending on the software: USB-Audio via asynchronous USB input of the Tube DAC, CDs played with the Accustic Arts DRIVE II and analogue records.


From my personal experience I feel that the outstanding, perhaps even the absolutely best rack, Symposium Acoustics ISIS (Independent Shelf Isolation System), accompanied by the exclusive Rollerblocks Serie 2+ with G2.5 balls or the Symposium Acoustics Ultra platforms assisting the Accustic Arts MONO II, is responsible too, for the world-class sound, this year in Vienna.


Additionally, the Italian Cammino Power Harmonizers H3.1 did a fantastic job of cleaning the power of all gear, in a healthy, natural way. The Cammino is a passive device performing some real magic with the electricity and it is doing its job undetectable, without any ill side effects.


So dear visitors of our room, please notice: it was not solely the world-class SoulSonic speakers, nor the analogue power of Dr. Feickert Analogue assisted by Reed and Lyra, nor the authoritative Accustic Arts MONO II amps, or the Chisto Vintage DNA cables, Vovox Textura or Accustic Arts power cords respectively  – but all of them working together, cleverly  set-up by people with deep understanding of music – all that was responsible for the big sound at the fair. It all depends on the sum of all components!



Thanks to Michael Holzinger, editor in chief of Sempre Audio as well as Hans Theessink who personally presented his new audiophile remastered vinyl record of the legendary album "Baby wants to Boogie" in our suite – a big honor for us! Hans is living in Vienna and shares the same passion for high-end audio as well. Our setup showed up with ease that the new version betters the original one - not always the case in the presence of many new releases. I got my sample of the new album personally signed by Hans Theessink as did many other visitors.


As a second special guest we have had the privilege to host the  classical Pianist Ulrike Fendel presenting her CD "Piano Preludes of 20th and 21th century". An interesting discussion about the future of marketing and sales of the classical music in modern times also took part in our room with Richard Winter (CEO of Gramola record label) and Viennese composer Meinhard Ruedenauer. Please take a look at the VIP Event photo album for the complete photo album.



Not surprisingly, the new star of the setup was the Dr. Feickert Analogue Blackbird turntable and I am personally very happy to assist the famous German brand regarding the sales in Austria. The fabulous, elegant Reed 3P tonearm with a very sweet Lyra Kleos MC cartridge completed the analogue setup in Vienna. The specific Double-Isolated XT Top of the outstanding Symposium Acoustics ISIS rack (Independent Shelf Isolation System) worked as the optimal base for analogue playback. That's the sound of my childhood. I grew up with great analogue sound which eventually led me to hifi.


It was very fitting that Yuri Zamazeev (CEO of Chisto) personally presented his various cleaning fluids intended for analog records. Chisto means clean in English. As a premiere we showed the Chisto Easy Groove Virgin Concentrate which is specifically recommended for the use with brand new records. It completes the cleaning fluid offerings for different purposes like the  Chisto Easy Groove for standard use and Enzycaster for very dirty records.



>>> Please take a look at each specific photo album here - 101 photos of Vienna Klangbilder 2014


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SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers - next private setup The summer passed and before the HiFi season starts again I listened to another setup with the big SoulSonic Impulse SE statement speakers, located in the beautiful old town of Piran, Slovenia.


Piran is a lovely old town located directly at the Adriatic sea, with long history and with many buildings in the Venetian style. It is the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini who played an important role in shaping its cultural heritage. So first photo here is an impression of the sweet city to show its atmosphere of this beautiful town.


impressions in Piran before sunsetimpressions in Piran before sunset


Following the invitation of the proud owner of another pair of the SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers, I went to visit him, in the evening. He is a lucky guy as he has a very spacious living room where his complete setup is integrated. I stayed the whole evening for a fantastic listening session - first started with some compact discs I brought - the Reimyo CDP-777 CD-player made a good job - I was already impressed.


So far the most credible, lifelike soundstage let me listen every song with ease. Bass response was so complete, straight, like a thunderstorm - lifelike. Sure a cooperation of extraordinary room accoustics, the full active setup with two big Accustic Arts AMP II power amplifiers supervised by an exclusive PASS XVR-1 electronic crossover and an owner with deep understanding of music and experienced in audio setups.


my main target - the private SoulSonic Impulse SE setup in Piran regionmy main target - the private SoulSonic Impulse SE setup in Piran region


Anyway that was only warming up so far... My friendly host put the first analogue record on his special turntable / tonearm built by Bruno Puhar. It happened like a click in the head and then we listened to the music, music ... record after record... no hifi anymore... like different life concerts in some specific concert halls of different sizes - yes concert hall, no puppet theater or living room, no hifi!


We listened with a very special cartridge - an old Panasonic EPC-450C-II Strain Gauge system. Read here at Soundsmith website more about Strain Gauge cartridges - why they are different from MM, MC or Moving Iron. The required phono preamp was an ESELab Nibiru SG, ESELab is a local Slovenian brand. Next I have to mention the main analogue preamp from the same brand - the ESELab ANU NG. Boris Privsek supplied the cables - a Slovenian brand again. Aha ... and I forgot to add the Cyclone subwoofer added on left side of SoulSonic Impulse SE speaker, responsible for the lowest infrasonic frequencies.


SoulSonic Impulse SE setup - driven by two Accustic Arts AMP II amplifiers, sources: Reimyo CDP 777 cd player and Bruno Puhar turntable/tonearm with Panasonic EPC-450C-II Strain Gauge cartridge.SoulSonic Impulse SE setup - driven by two Accustic Arts AMP II amplifiers, sources: Reimyo CDP 777 cd player and Bruno Puhar turntable/tonearm with Panasonic EPC-450C-II Strain Gauge cartridge.


So, I shall mention no further superlatives here because I have something better for you - real life experience:


Just visit us in November at the Austrian high-end show KLANGBILER 2014 in Vienna! We will show the complete setup of SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers driven by the ACCUSTIC ARTS reference electronics. As an analogue source the Dr. Feickert Analogue turntable will be on display too.


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Blumenhofer Acoustics - my first visit of German loudspeaker manufacturer This week I visited Blumenhofer Acoustics headquarters based in a Bavarian natural park near Munich. Andrea Vitali, responsible for sales since 2008, was waiting for me already to be my guide during the visit.


In the production hall Andrea introduced me to the founder and mastermind Thomas Blumenhofer working with his new 3D CAD controlled milling machine, which speeds up now the production process of the different speaker enclosures. Very impressive!


Blumenhofer Acoustics showroom: from left to right Andrea Vitali (Blumenhofer Acoustics) and Walter KircherBlumenhofer Acoustics showroom: from left to right Andrea Vitali (Blumenhofer Acoustics) and Walter Kircher


Besides big Clara Luna speaker all Blumenhofer Acoustics models are optimized 2-way speakers. The preference of 2-way speakers resulted from the over 30 years of experience in loudspeaker design by Tom Blumenhofer.


First listened to Tempesta 17 and Fun 17 speakers - both floorstanding speakers with 17cm bass driver. Tempesta 17 uses a down-fire vented bass reflex tunnel combined with a 1" horn-loaded compression driver transmitting the higher frequencies. Vice versa Fun 17 uses a classical 19mm silk dome tweeter combined with a horn-loaded 17cm driver. Two good choices for different preferences.


Blumenhofer Acoustics showroom: setup view - Fun 17 and smaller Tempesta 17 speakersBlumenhofer Acoustics showroom: setup view - Fun 17 and smaller Tempesta 17 speakers


Followed by bigger Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS 2 model with authoritative 30cm old school driver assisted by 1,4" horn-loaded compression driver. If you had already life experience with big and high-sensitivity drivers you know that specific "be here" feeling regarding music reproduction. Only large speakers provide this realism - physics rules. 94dB sensitivity make the speakers an easy load for Blumenhofers custom-made 2A3 mono amplifiers. Anyway most speakers offer an impedance linearization too.


As smaller Fun and Tempestas models too the Genuin FS 2 reproduces music retaining perfect timing again - enabling them  to show the impact and tension of my favourite opera music. Their natural timbre and tonality, speed and power made Leonard Cohen's Live in London album a fantastic dejavu of a real life concert.


Blumenhofer Acoustics showroom: Wiki - 2-way flagship horn loudspeaker with 103dB sensitivityBlumenhofer Acoustics showroom: Wiki - 2-way flagship horn loudspeaker with 103dB sensitivity


As highlight of my first visit we listened to Wiki - statement model of Goia flagship speaker series. If you have the place to stand them you get an ultimate 2-way horn speaker. The Bass is front- and back-loaded and enables fantastic 103 dB sensitvity. Wiki is delivered and installed worldwide by Blumenhofer - providing perfect customer service to ensure drivers are 100% aligned to your personal listening distance. After warming up you recognize immediately the extraordinary status of Wiki.


Sure you guessed it - i decided to assist sales of Blumenhofer Acoustics speaker in Austria. Stay tuned for upcoming dealers.


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Venice, Italy trip - met Mark Levinson (Daniel Hertz SA) July 2014, summer, Italy, Venice - Mark Levinson invited me and so i visited the wonderful Venice with my family.


Mark Levinson is probably the most famous personality in high-end audio. Or better said he invented high-end hifi 1972 in the US with his first famous preamp Mark Levinson LNP-2. In 1984 Marks next famous big brand Cello was formed - sure many remember the Cello Audio Palette, a state of the art preamp including a clever working Equalizer. Mark Levinson Audio Systems is still alive, now owned by Harman International. Even in Lexus automobiles now you can find Mark Levinson audio electronics.



In my opinion only a person should develop audio electronics, speakers who is deeply in music and is aware of how music enchants us with excitement and emotion. Mark Levinson gives us here the best example: As a jazz musician, he played with many top stars such as Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea or Stan Getz and as a sound engineer he made many jazz and classic recordings with the highest standard.


And now to the present: 2007 Daniel Hert SA founded as exclusive brand in Switzerland - Marks last brand in order to achieve the limits of the possible. His M1 flagship loudspeakers tells us that the old virtues high sensitivity and full-range frequency response still rules. Listening to the complete top Daniel Hertz system tells an impressive story what matters in music: power, dynamics, original timbre, the tension of the music, no limits by compression.



Mark did an impressive demonstration of his Master Class audio player software . Anyway its main purpose is to correct tonal deficits of recordings. We high end audio folks are afraid of Equalizing because of possible sound leakages. That is not the case with Master Class - no losses and it is very easy to use like Marks EQ in Cellos Audio Palette preamp. Mark choosed especially for me some opera songs and Maria Callas sounded as if she had risen again. Her unique timbre did not change by the correction. As surprise Mark told me to try to do the correction myself. I did and achieved a similar result - so realy easy to use. The second feature of Master Class is the so-called A+ mode - it recreates a more analogue sound of your pcm files. You can create a new file including A+ and possible EQ and play it wherever you want. Please read Matej Isak's in-depth review.



Group photo in Venice Italy - from left to right: Yuri Zamazeev (Chisto) with his wife Anna, Mark Levinson (Daniel Hertz SA), my wife Dzhamilya with our little Alexander, Bjoern Gabriel (Sales and Marketing Daniel Hert SA) and myself.


Mark it was a great pleasure and honor to meet you!


And here the complete photo album.

]]> (Kircher HiFi) Chisto Daniel_Hertz Hifi Italien Italy M1 Mark_Levinson Stereo Venedig Venice Yuri_Zamazeev Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:29:53 GMT
HIGH END MUNICH 2014 - Accustic Arts, Totem Acoustic teaser 15. - 18-05.2014 Munich - Accustic Arts electronics - Totem Acoustic loudspeakers

The HIGH END 2014 in Munich is soon opened and all exhibitors have to hurry up. So I catch some seconds and will tell you where you can find myself and what is shown, is on display.


>>> the location: MOC, Atrium 4, 2nd floor, room F206


As I had the pleasure to show the two brands already together at some regional fairs and events I am proud to present the cooperation of German electronics manufacturer ACCUSTIC ARTS and Swiss High High-End Company AG, distributor of Canadian Totem Acoustic speakers at the international fair.

High End 2014 München MunichAccustic Arts Player II

Experience the following new ACCUSTIC ARTS products:

PLAYER II - new integrated compact disc player of the Reference Series incl. DAC and preamp function

PLAYER ES MK2 - optimized PLAYER ES incl. USB async. technology

AMP BASES - new bases for MONO II and AMP II/III


TOTEM CEO Vince Bruzzese from Canada personally demonstrate first time in Europe his new TOTEM KIN MINI Subwoofer system

Munich high End Show 2014Totem Acoustic Element loudspeakers: Metal, Earth, Fire and Ember

The big setup of the show will connect the complete ACCUSTIC ARTS reference electronics including MONO II and the best TOTEM Acoustic speakers - Element Metal floorstanders and Element Fire monitors.


As a highlight Matthias Böde from German STEREO Magazin will make an exclusive workshop in our room - Saturday 17.05 at 11.00am! He will demonstrate different digital cables using our big reference setup.


Stay tuned for more news from Munich and it will be a pleasure to meet some of my readers there.

]]> (Kircher HiFi) Accustic_Arts Arro Deutschland Element_Fire Element_Metal Germany High-End-2014 Munich München Player_ES_MK2 Player_II Slovenija Slovensko Totem_Acoustic Totem_Kin Österreich Fri, 09 May 2014 19:41:36 GMT
SoulSonic Impulse speakers, Accustic Arts - spectacular private setup New blog entry: I had the pleasure to be allowed to take photos of a spectacular private setup in Europe.


The prominent part of the luxury living room provides the necessary space for one of the best setups I ever had the chance to listen.


private owner setup: SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers with complete Accustic Arts reference electronicsprivate owner setup: SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers with complete Accustic Arts reference electronics


SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers were powered by Accustic Arts reference electronics including the new MONO II amps. As this is multi purpose setup, the television is integrated and its owner use it as an audio control screen for the JRiver Mediacenter streaming player. A dedicated audio computer is hidden in the cellar below, and does not interfere regarding the noise domain. Swiss Vovox Textura Fortis cables were used as both speaker and audio interconnects.


private owner setup: SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers with complete Accustic Arts reference electronicsprivate owner setup: SoulSonic Impulse SE flagship speakers with complete Accustic Arts reference electronics


During a listening session an acoustic curtain was used to damp the first reflexions behind the SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers; as you can see on the last photo of the additional album. The dipole speakers with line source arrangement are easy arranged to the right places.


New add-on: Blog entry now published on the MONO & STEREO magazine too!


And here the link to the complete photo album of the sweet setup.

]]> (Kircher HiFi) Accustic_Arts Audio Austria Deutschland Germany Kabel MONO_II Slovenija Slovensko SoulSonic SoulSonic_Impulse_SE-speakers Tube_DAC_II_MK2 Tube_Preamp_II_MK2 Vovox Vovox_Textura_Fortis_cable dipole hifi high_end line_source open_baffle stereo Österreich Česko Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:06 GMT